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November 27, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Mammograms don't reduce late-stage breast cancer cases
    An analysis of U.S. data on breast cancer incidence and survival rates from 1976 to 2008 and survey data estimating how many women get mammograms indicated that mammography has been effective in detecting early-stage breast cancer but has not led to fewer cases of more serious, advanced cancer. Researchers estimated that 1.3 million women who received mammograms during the period were overdiagnosed. The study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eating soy products doesn't ease menopausal symptoms
    Consumption of dietary phytoestrogens and fiber, commonly found in soy products, did not prevent most women from experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, according to a study in the journal Menopause. Researchers said that Asian women were less likely to report vasomotor symptoms than Hispanic or black women. HealthDay News (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 6 Lessons Learned About Hospital Smartphone Integration
As more and more hospitals work to incorporate smartphones into their communication network, they have learned important lessons that can help other facilities make a smooth transition. Read white paper.

  Obstetrics Focus 
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Study: Smoking parents light up in cars with children present
    Most parents who smoke expose their children to tobacco smoke in vehicles despite the potential harm, suggests a new study in Pediatrics. Previous data have shown that smoking in a car -- even with a window down -- produces air quality similar to that of a typical smoky bar. According to the study of 795 smoking parents who had cars and responded to a survey, only 29% had a smoke-free car policy and nearly 1 in 5 of these parents reported that it was violated in the past three months. Of the 562 parents who did not report having a smoke-free car policy, nearly half (48%) said that smoking occurred with children in the car. Pediatrics (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
QI Collaborative to Explore Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Vermont Oxford Network’s 2013 quality improvement collaborative, Controversies in Caring for Infants Affected by Neonatal Abstinence, will assist teams of neonatal & obstetric professionals to improve the quality, safety & efficiency of care for substance-exposed newborns through a series of web sessions, self-audits & improvement tools. View the full curriculum at the Vermont Oxford Network website.
  Neonatal Health 
  • CDC: Sleep positioners aren't safe for babies
    Sleep positioners, or sleep wedges, often marketed for their effectiveness in preventing sudden infant death syndrome, have been linked to at least 13 infant deaths since 1997, a CDC report found. Most of these babies were aged 3 months or younger and died due to suffocation after rolling onto their stomachs from a side-facing position. In 2010, both the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against the use of sleep positioners. WebMD (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies' birth weight may predict brain size later in life
    The brain sizes of teens who weighed around 9 pounds or more at birth were bigger compared with teens who had a lower birth weight, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. However, researchers found no evidence that linked birth weight with overall brain functioning. HealthDay News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Support AWHONN's "Go The Full 40" Campaign & Pledge
    AWHONN's gives women with healthy pregnancies 40 reasons to go the full 40 weeks. Will you support our Campaign & Pledge with three simple steps: 1.) Sign our "Wait for Labor to Start on its Own" pledge at 2.) Ask each of your Facebook friends to do the same. 3.) Pick your favorite "reason" that you think motivates women to go the full 40, post it at the Pledge page and share it with your Facebook friends! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWHONN member Kathleen Rice Simpson featured in Wednesday webinar
    Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns is an initiative to reduce early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks and to offer enhanced prenatal care to decrease preterm births. On Wednesday, the CMS Innovation Center will hold a webinar to discuss the importance reducing early elective deliveries has on improving the health of mothers and newborns across the country. Expert speakers will share some best practices on how to reduce early elective deliveries. Find more information and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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